Emergency Functions

​The State Emergency Plan (SEP) establishes the California Emergency Functions (CA-EFs) as a key component of California’s system for all-hazards emergency management. The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) initiated the development of the CA-EFs in cooperation with California’s emergency management community including federal, state, tribal, and local governments, public/private partners and other stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration during all phases of emergency management. The development of the CA-EFs involves organization of the participating stakeholders and gradual development of emergency function components. This development also includes a process to maintain each of the CA-EFs as a permanent component of California’s emergency management system. Provided below are three documents that will assist stakeholders of each of the seventeen CA-EFs develop an Emergency Function Annex. The documents include CA-EF Development Guidance document, a CA-EF Annex Workbook and finally a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) designed to explain what a CA-EF is and is not. If you need additional assistance or have questions regarding the CA-EF Annex development please contact Kristina Moffitt at (916) 845-8767 or email her at  kristina.moffitt@calema.ca.gov.
The California Emergency Function Development Guidance provides:
  • An introduction, description and overview of the CA-EFs.
  • Guidance on developing the CA-EFs.
  • A description of the Annex Workbook that stakeholders will use to develop an annex for each of the CA-EFs. 
The California Emergency Function Annex Workbook will be used by stakeholders to develop the Emergency Function Annex to the California State Emergency plan and to establish the emergency function governance structure to support the development and ongoing maintenance of the emergency function.
This document provides general guidance with suggested content for each required section of the Emergency Function Annex. Each emergency function stakeholder working group may modify the sample text to meet the specific needs of the emergency function. For example, the governance structure and organization of the emergency function will depend on the number of stakeholders and the complexity of the emergency function. In addition some items developed by the CA-EF may contain sensitive information or supplementary materials and might not be part of a public Annex but can be used by stakeholders.
The text contained in the document uses the following conventions:
  • Most text in the document is sample content. This text does not have any style formatting.
  • Italic text surrounded by “< >” provides placeholders and instructions to insert information specific to the emergency function.
  • Italic text in light blue boxes provides instructions or suggestions for completing the sections. This text will be deleted from the completed Annex. These sections and the text in these sections will be deleted from the completed Annex.
  • Finally, not all sections of the Workbook will be developed at this time, but will be developed during a successive phase. Placeholders are provided for these sections with descriptive text of what the section will contain. 
 For a better understanding of what an emergency function is and is not as well answers to other important questions regarding the emergency function development process a list of nineteen questions and answers has been provided below.
 For a complete listing of all seventeen California Emergency Functions as well as the lead State Agency for each Emergency Function click on the document below.